Tire Pressure Basics

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So you start your car and notice that your tire pressure light flashing on the dashboard and that’s the point when you could use a tire pressure guide, right? The majority of us acknowledge how simple it is to ignore this alert because of the challenge with finding a gas station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. However the fact is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the freeway because you decided to overlook the warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: climate condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is essential to get it looked into today. But, if you aren’t certain how to tackle checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. BMW of Beaumont wants to help with this handy tire pressure handbook.


What is Tire Pressure?

“Cold inflation pressure is the inflation pressure of tires before the car is driven and the tires warmed up. Recommended cold inflation pressure is displayed on the owner’s manual and on the placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge, pillar, glove box door or fuel filler flap. Drivers are encouraged to make sure their tires are adequately inflated, as suboptimal tire pressure can greatly reduce fuel economy, increase emissions, increased wear on the edges of the tire surface, and can lead to premature failure of the tire. Excessive pressure, on the other hand, may lead to impact-breaks, decrease braking performance, and cause uneven wear (i.e., greater wear on the center part of the tire surface).”

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How To Check Tire Pressure

The first thing you’ll want to do in checking your tire’s air pressure is to ensure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least one hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, locate the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. This can be located in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Jot down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air pump. You can normally locate one at most car washes, tire shops, or gas stations. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, check the tire pressure with a PSI gauge. These gauges can be found at any retail store’s automotive department, an auto parts store, or sometimes they are available on the air pumps themselves. Simply fill the tire or tires to the specified PSI level then check the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!


When To Measure Tire Pressure

The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure routinely by the month. In many modern-day cars, you can browse the dashboard settings for a computer measurement of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best technique is to use a PSI gauge.

Chillier weather conditions can impact PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.


Why Read Tire Pressure

Maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is important for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not only a headache to deal with but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some preventative maintenance and it will take care of you for many smooth riding roads to come.


Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you preoccupied about your tire pressure, but are not quite sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our certified BMW specialists are ready to help. Visit our service center today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait until it’s flat. The best way to handle low tire pressure is always to assess and fix issues early, when there’s still air pressure in the tire.


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